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Geological Sciences Department of Geological Sciences Department of Geological Sciences

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Undergraduate Program
BS - Geological Sciences
BA - Geological Sciences
Minor in Geology

Graduate Program
MS - Geological Sciences
PhD - Geological Sciences

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Graduate Program

The University

The University of Missouri was founded in 1839 as the first public university west of the Mississippi River. With an enrollment today of over 35,000 students and a designation as a Research 1 University by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, MU ranks among the nation's leading public research universities. MU is the oldest and largest of the four campuses of the University of Missouri System. MU's Graduate School enrolls more than 6,500 students in over 90 degree programs that reflect MU's primary mission in research and graduate education.

The Graduate Program

The department offers two graduate programs: the master of science degree and the doctor of philosophy degree.

The master's degree requires 30 hours beyond the bachelor's degree, which usually is accomplished by taking seven graduate courses and preparing a written thesis. Students have until the middle of their second semester in residence at the university to choose a supervisor and a thesis topic.

The doctoral degree requires 72 hours beyond a bachelor's degree, including 24 hours credit for a master's degree. Doctoral candidates must pass a qualifying exam during their first year in residence to assess their general background so that a meaningful program can be constructed. The usual doctoral program involves courses within and outside the department, and researching the dissertation topic prior to taking the comprehensive examination by the end of the second year. The results of the dissertation research are presented to the faculty and graduate students when the student has completed the project.

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The University of Missouri Graduate School

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